I’m the worst when it comes to mealtime. Because in all honesty, I’d prefer that someone else prepare my meals for me, but since I’m not a thirty-something still living at home with my mom nor am I a millionaire who can afford a personal chef, the job duty falls on me. Now that I’m responsible for feeding a child, I’m attempting to work on my food prep game.
Enter the FoodSaver® System.
The FoodSaver® Brand gave me a free FoodSaver® System to try. One of my favorite ways to use my FoodSaver® System is to make salad in a jar. I like salad in jars for different reasons. One being that it’s kind of difficult to make a salad while trying to wrangle a one year old. Another reason is that I tend to be lazy and think, “Ugh, I don’t want to have to deal with getting everything out and chop stuff up to make a salad. So I’ll eat this super healthy PB&J instead” so prepping my salad in jars ahead of time keeps me from eating like a 5 year old.
I usually make a handful of salads at a time, during nap time or on the weekends when Brad is available to play the role of baby wrangler. I get out all of my ingredients, chop up the appropriate vegetables, and layer them in mason jars. Tip: put your hard vegetables on the bottom and lettuce on top. I skip the salad dressing because I eat the salads at home, but if I were to take these for lunch at work, I’d put the dressing on the bottom. Then, I vacuum seal the jar and twist on the lid. The salads will stay fresh in the fridge for a week or longer.
Another thing I like to do is to buy herbs when they’re on sale at the store, vacuum seal them in portions, and freeze them until they’re ready to use.
I create the right size of bags by using the FoodSaver® roll.
Once they’re sealed, I write the date I prepared them, and then I pop them in the freezer.
Let’s talk baby food for a second.
One of my favorite things to do is to buy vegetables and fruits in bulk from Costco. This bag of organic mixed vegetables costs around $6-7.
When Owen was first learning to eat, I would steam the vegetables and puree them into tiny pieces. Now that he’s older, I steam and feed them to him whole. (I’ll cut up the green beans into smaller pieces though.)
To keep the frozen vegetables and fruits fresher longer, I empty the bags into FoodSaver® Bags and vacuum seal them. They’re less susceptible to freezer burn than if I keep them in the bags they’re sold in.
When it’s time to make a batch of veggies, I open the bag, get out what I need, and reseal it. Simple as that.
I’m still learning new ways to use my FoodSaver® System in order to save time and money.
How will you use the FoodSaver® System in your home? Tell me in the comments and you will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card!
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